Friday 26th June 2020
12th week in ordinary time
2 Kings 25:1-12, Matthew 8:1-4
When we are in desperate need of something, we just want it at all means not minding how the situation is for others. This is also how many of us approach God. When we need something from God, we do not ask as if it is possible for us not to get it, but that we need it. Some even pray in a manner that suggests that they are commanding God to give it to them there and then.
In the gospel reading of today, a leper teaches us the best way to approach God in prayer. He is asking Jesus to cleanse him, only if he wants to. He is not forceful about it. This is the mindset of someone who believes that God knows what he needs and will always give to him even before he asks.
We can always approach Jesus in prayer, but he will only answer us the way we want if it is also his will for us. Let us therefore not be discouraged if our prayers sometimes seem unanswered. God has a better plan for us. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP